Thursday, April 9, 2020

New OSHA notice: COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers

OSHA issued a new notice: COVID-19 for Retail Workers, with the following tips:

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick. 
  • Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and equipment with Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus. 
  • Practice sensible social distancing, maintaining six feet between co-workers and customers, where possible. For example, some worksites have already begun to demarcate six-foot distances with floor tape in checkout lines. Workplaces where social distancing is a challenge should consider innovative approaches, such as opening only every other cash register, temporarily moving workstations to create more distance, and installing plexiglass partitions. 
  • Use a drive-through window or curbside pick-up. 
  • Provide workers and customers with tissues and trash receptacles. 
  • Train workers in proper hygiene practices and the use of workplace controls. 
  • Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus. 
  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

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